by Jesse Whittock August 9, 2013
Guo Pei onlineA new doc series about emerging Chinese designers is bringing together French digital channel France Ô, China’s state broadcaster and expanding UK indie True North.

The three-part Designed in China will see True North coproducing with the French network, Chinese doc channel CCTV9 and the China Intercontinental Communication Center, which commissioned the project.

True North’s executive producer, specialist factual, Liz McLeod developed the show, which will follow nine talented young Chinese designers, including a glamorous fashion designer, a world-renowned architect and an award-winning product designer.

It is to be filmed on location in cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Guangzhou, with a True North team lead predominantly by local Chinese production staff working alongside CICC’s research and production team.

Production is underway and delivery is expected in 2014.

Marc Allen, managing director at True North said: “International productions and coproductions, especially with China, are an important area of focus for True North, opening up new programme-making opportunities.”

“In ten years of doing international coproductions, this is the first time I’ve managed to bring together a foreign broadcaster and a Chinese broadcaster to work with CICC and an international production company. I think this is because – in Chinese design – we’ve found the right subject,” added head of international at CICC Wang Yang Yuan.